In an island nation where the word “casino” conjures up images of gambling dens and high-stakes tournaments, it’s no surprise that Irish people enjoy gambling.
But the country’s casinos have struggled to attract people to the country.
A new report from the International Casino Operators Association finds that gambling in Ireland has slipped to just 5.5 percent of the economy and that only one-third of Irish casino players say they want to return home.
But with the introduction of online poker last year, the number of Irish players online has doubled in a year.
That means more than one-fourth of all casino players have now been online for two years.
That has left a hole in the economy that can only be filled by a casino, which brings in around €40 million a day in revenue, according to the report.
To fill that gap, the industry is working on new technologies.
A report by the Irish Gaming Association (IGA) found that more than half of the countrys casinos have started building online poker rooms.
This could help the sector recover from the downturn, but it has also raised concerns that casinos could become more dependent on tourism revenue.
The industry is also looking at new ways to lure players to its sites.
The Irish Gaming Act, introduced in 2016, requires casinos to provide online gaming services to their players.
But many of the operators said that’s not enough.
“We’ve never really been in this position where we’ve had to make a big gamble,” said Tom Fitzgerald, general manager of Paddy Power in Ireland.
“It’s not as if we’ve never had to come to terms with the fact that we might have to close down a casino.”
It’s not just the Irish casinos that are struggling.
A recent report from Credit Suisse estimated that Irish casino revenue fell by 7.9 percent in the first quarter of 2019, as a result of the closure of the casinos.
That was despite a rise in online poker, which brought in a similar amount of revenue.
For the first time in six years, the IGA says that gaming is now less popular in Ireland than in other European countries.
It also reported that the number to play online in Ireland in the last two months was down by 10 percent from the same period in 2018.
The report noted that a recent survey found that the gaming industry in Ireland was not having as much growth as it was in other countries, and it’s a problem that could hurt its bottom line.
In addition, the gaming sector in Ireland is not only struggling to attract players to the industry, but to the economy as a whole.
The IGA found that a number of factors have contributed to this decline.
The introduction of poker in the country in 2016 was followed by a drop in the number playing the games, which had a negative impact on the gambling sector.
That could be due to a lack of new players and the recession, or it could be down to the increased competition from online poker.
A big part of the problem is the fact people are not willing to invest in the gaming infrastructure that has been created.
As well as the online poker businesses, there are several other online gambling operators that offer games like craps and roulette.
The online casinos are still a big part to the gaming landscape in Ireland, but the decline in the industry could spell trouble for the future.